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I'm so sorry to hear about Snip.  It sucks at any age, but 13 is too young.  Fuck cancer.  You're in my thoughts tonight, @EighteenTwelve, and my cat Riley will get a treat in memory of Snip.

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It was late in the day yesterday and I was about to bring in the bird feeders when a goldfinch nearly flew into my head.   That is the closest any bird has ever come close to hitting me.  They have been close before, but not that close.  That bird needs to come up with a new flight plan.

Then, this morning when I went to put the bird feeders out and the cute little guy was sitting on top of a coneflower eating coneflower seeds.   That bird is pretty tame, he flew to the branch next to the feeder pole as soon as I put out the first feeder he hopped on while I hung the other four bird feeders.

Juncos (I hate that name) normally feed on the ground, but one of them sat on a branch and started pecking at one of the nyjer seed socks.   He keeps pecking at the same spot eating seed.

The chickadees fly in and out constantly.

I am going to have to take the cat that chews back to the vet and see if they have any other ideas to get him to stop chewing.  It has been awhile since I talked to the vet about it, and I am hoping that there might be other things to try to get him to stop chewing.

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On 11/16/2020 at 4:36 PM, EighteenTwelve said:

Snip, 2007-2020. Pancreatic cancer.

My heart breaks for you! Been there done that and almost 2 years later the hurt is still there. My Boo was 12.5 years old when I lost him in Dec 2018. They will be at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us when the time comes. Now I feed feral kitties that at some point I hope to TN&R one just might be socialized. 

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I'm getting tired of hearing about stories where a person dies, and instead of the relatives taking that deceased person's animals to a no kill shelter, they just throw the pets out to fend for themselves.  Anyone who does that IMO has to be an uncaring asshole of epic proportions.

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Oh, god 😞. Agreed. That's incredibly horrifying and cruel. 

Thankfully, I can't picture any of my relatives ever doing anything like that. 

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8 hours ago, Annber03 said:

Oh, god 😞. Agreed. That's incredibly horrifying and cruel. 

Thankfully, I can't picture any of my relatives ever doing anything like that. 

Even if people don't care about animals (which I think is horrible all on its own) at the very least, they know that their deceased relative did love and care about them.  As a sign of decency and respect for that no longer living relative, if they can't find someone to adopt those pets, take them to a no kill shelter.

IMO, people need to make sure that there is a plan for someone to take care of their pets, period.  Hell, if relatives can't be trusted, leave everything in the will for the life long caring of those pets.

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I'm supposed to be leaving this morning to join my parents in their motorhome for our annual Thanksgiving by the lake (they go Sun-Sun and I join them Wed-Sat), but Chester (their cat with cancer) didn't have a good night (I spend every other night here when they're gone).  He hadn't had a bad day in a while, and he generally snaps out of them in about 24 hours, so I hope that's all this is and he'll perk up back to normal today.  But I'm obviously not going to leave him alone (my friend would just be over for about an hour every evening).  Hopefully I'll be able to get on the road tomorrow and at least spend a couple of days there. 

If he gets worse, my parents will come home.  But fingers crossed this is just a bad day.

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Squeaky went to the new vet. They are such a better fit for her because they only do cats. Her thyroid was normal so they consider her cured of her hyperthyroidism. In hindsight it was a great option. The cost of the radiation was the same as one years worth of medicine. She also gained 2 lbs (9 now) and she vet stated that her blood work was better than average for a kitty her age (17). She was good and didn’t growl or bite (Remember when she bit the vet tech who wouldn’t stop clipping her nails after I told her to stop 3X? Which resulted in the tech going to a Doc in the box, getting antibiotics and them labeling her as a dangerous animal so that if she bit anyone again that the sheriff would enforce euthanasia) so I was relieved. 
 

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Chester improved throughout the day Wednesday, and I knew he was feeling better that night when he came up and licked my face.  So I went down to the lake Thursday morning and came back early this afternoon.  He did fine with my friend checking in on them last night and putting food in the feeders for this morning, but he'll eat better with me here, and then even better when my parents come home.  So I'm bummed not to be getting my proper camping trip, but glad my parents are, at least, and very glad Chester is hanging in there.  He's unhappy right now, as he struggled to poop and then drank too much water and threw up, but that'll wear off in about an hour and he'll be back to purring and talking like he was when he realized I'd come back.

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All is well on the Chester front.  I had to baby him some (hand feeding) during the day to get him to eat a full amount (the cancer eats a large percentage of his nutrients, so it's extra important), but in the evenings he'd eat well on his own.  So I left my parents' house last night around 7:00, knowing he'd be okay for the 14 hours until they'd come home and wanting to spend the night in my own bed with my own kitty and sleep in.

Riley and I have played and snuggled almost enough to catch up, I think, as she's finally napping somewhere - in the sun - other than glued to me.  And when my parents came home this morning, Chester ran  - when he usually ambles - down the hall to greet them.  He has since snacked a couple of times, cuddled with each of them, and otherwise happily snoozed in the sunny spot on the guest bed.

So, of course in a perfect world I'd have loved to enjoy my usual Thanksgiving camping trip, especially this difficult year, but I'm really glad that once he started having some trouble I chose to split the time as I did - no regrets or resentment.  I at least got a brief Thanksgiving, my parents got a full week out in their motorhome for the first time this year, and little Chester whom no one would have thought a year ago would even still be here this Thanksgiving just keeps on keepin' on, completely content a good 80% of the time.  That's quality of life well worth a minor sacrifice to maintain!

I'm sure he will sleep glued to my mom's side tonight, occasionally venturing over to lick my dad's face.  Which will wake Bandit up, and he'll have to crawl up from my dad's hip to his chest for cuddles lest Chester ever get any attention he doesn't get.  The joys of sleeping with cats.

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@Bastet I applaud you for keeping Chester’s life pretty status quo. I’m glad you were still able to care for him and have some time with your parents. You kept it a holiday for all. I hope you had a good first night back, sleeping with your fur baby in your own bed. 
My kitties are family and I often choose them much to others peoples disapproval. (“Hey, they are just cats. Put out a water bowl and a big bowl of extra dry food and they will be fine.” Nope. I’m never going to do that or leave them when I evacuate.)

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1 hour ago, Mindthinkr said:

I hope you had a good first night back, sleeping with your fur baby in your own bed. 

Indeed I did - and it was so good, we crawled back in for a two-hour nap this afternoon.

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The Christmas tree has been up since Saturday, and so far so good with the cats. They are interested, but a squirt of water has been a good deterrent. Here’s a pic of Sophie with the tree - the paper ornaments are pictures of the cats!

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11 hours ago, MargeGunderson said:

The Christmas tree has been up since Saturday, and so far so good with the cats.

I barely had half the string of lights on mine when Luna materialized out of a puff of smoke and started attacking it.  When I get it decorated tomorrow, I expect some ornament casualties. But she's almost 4 now, so it's kind of old news for her at this point.

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22 hours ago, Growsonwalls said:

I have a 15 year old orange tabby who is getting a senior cat burst of energy and killed two mice today. 

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It was so nice of kitty to box them up for you, too!

Orange kitties are the best kitties (I have two orange boys).

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We have to go to the vet tomorrow because Little Girl's allergies are flaring. She has a sore on her chin. She's recently had some little flares that have resolved themselves. I tapered her off the steroid RX quite a while back. They were due for their annual exam in May, but I was unemployed at the time. I've since moved to the other end of the county, but I like their cat-only vet. It'll be a "fun" hour-long round trip with wailing cats tomorrow.

Here are my beautiful girls this morning, waiting for me to get up and feed them. Little Girl's the goblin in the background. Little Mama always has resting cat face.

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2 hours ago, bilgistic said:

Here are my beautiful girls this morning, waiting for me to get up and feed them. Little Girl's the goblin in the background. Little Mama always has resting cat face.

They are so beautiful!

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On 11/12/2020 at 2:29 PM, icemiser69 said:

You know I love my cat when I am willing to pan through cat poop to make sure the shoelace he chewed up and swallowed made it all the way through.

BTW, my cat that looks similar to yours chewed through my head set cord about an hour ago.  It has been six years and I still can't get him to stop chewing swallowing and damaging just about everything that he can fit in his pie hole.  I am convinced that the reason he chews everything is because of anxiety or boredom.  I suppose it is possible he wasn't weened properly.

Luckily the other cat (tuxedo) doesn't chew up anything.  When he sits on my lap he won't get off.  He would stay there for hours if I let him.

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your cat is like my year old Chihuahua, I can't get her to stop chewing on furniture my shoes, even the work work on the wall. I got her  at 8 weeks old

 

On 11/30/2020 at 7:58 PM, theredhead77 said:

It was so nice of kitty to box them up for you, too!

Orange kitties are the best kitties (I have two orange boys).

I love  orange kitties. My Marmalade died about 5 years ago

 

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I'm waiting for my girls to get out of their vet appointment. The vet's Covid protocols dictate that I can't be in the exam room with them.😔 The vet tech who did the intake is their foster mom's daughter! I met her when I met my girls at her and her mother's house and when they dropped off the girls to be with me forever.❤️

 

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9 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

I'm waiting for my girls to get out of their vet appointment. The vet's Covid protocols dictate that I can't be in the exam room with them.😔

Here you can't even go in the building at all; clinic staff come out to the car to get them.  Riley was sick this summer, in a mystery diagnosis situation, so over a couple of months we had several visits each to her primary vet and a specialist, and it was hard not being able to be in there with her since she's so scared in foreign situations.

(Knock on wood, she's doing very well, and doesn't need another check-up until after the first of the year.)

I hope you and the girls are back home for cuddles soon - is the ride home at least a little better than the ride there, since they know they're going home?

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I couldn't go in the building. I don't know why I said exam room. The tech came out to get the girls and then came back out to do the intake.

They were very quiet on the way home. They both did very well and have gained weight like I have. They're eating the same amount of food (unlike me🐷), so I guess that's just them getting a little older (four and five). They're 9.2 and 9.5 pounds now, which is fine.

They (still) need their teeth cleaned. Argh. When I win the lottery...

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On 12/5/2020 at 7:25 AM, bosawks said:

New fuzzy pillow or Alli’s butt?

You be the judge.....

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What a beautiful face!

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On 12/2/2020 at 8:44 AM, bilgistic said:

Little Girl's allergies are flaring. She has a sore on her chin. She's recently had some little flares that have resolved themselves. I tapered her off the steroid RX quite a while back.

I recommend this for wounds or rashes - whether you're human or not.  It's awesome!!  Another user left a review mentioning she used it on her cat - and the cat did NOT lick it off!  

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